Sarakali is the foremost of the higher arts in the Siddhar arts. This is the noble art that was first taught by Emperor lord shiva to the almighty Mother of umayal Ancient Sarakali Breathing is the very essence of life and the first thing we do when we enter this world and the last thing when we depart. In between, our bodies absorb roughly some Yogi breaths. Apart from sustaining life, the mind, body and breath are so intimately connected that they deeply influence each other. The way we breathe is influenced by our state of mind, and in turn our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breathing. Deep breathing practices advocated in  can have a positive impact on our physiology, both body and mind .For thousands of years, Yoga  have employed to maintain, balance and restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It results in several physiological benefits, achieved through the control of respiration. Practice long, slow and deep breaths in and out through the nose as you walk at a moderate pace. Try to extend your inhalations and exhalations as you walk. Keep the count of steps during each full inhale and exhale. Aim to take ten steps or more for each inhale and exhale. This method works to combine the calming effect of breathing with an active lifestyle. The process of thinking and emotions are both voluntary and involuntary as is the act of respiration. Pranayama (control of the vital life force) can be achieved through the control of the respiration process. Advanced yogic breathing practices bring benefits to the various systems of the body, by improving circulation and thus enhancing the performance of the various organs. The benefits of a regulated practice of simple, deep yogic  Bursting a Sara-Vedi (சரவெடி) is an enjoyable and spectacle event and last week it happened to me when I involved in entertaining my son by firing the left over crackers of this Deepavali season. Whenever I came across any substances named with the term Saram (சரம்) as prefix or suffix, my mind wind up with the thoughts on ancient Tamil’s breath science Saram.

An orderly arrangement of a same substance is common to the above all terminologies and through this interpretation, we can convincingly explain the term associated with science of breath Saram as (subtle) flow of the breath energy (Pranan – பிராணன்) in a sequence / uniform manner / continuous order in human body.

 As per the ancient Indian medical science, the breath energy is flowing through two major subtle channels vizIdakalai (இடகலை) and Pinkalai (பிங்கலை) in human body.

Idakalai: Breath energy flow channel ranges from right big toe to left nostril

Pinkalai: Breath energy flow channel ranges from left big toe to right nostril

The ancient Indian science community known as Siddhars explains these two intersecting breath energy flow channels by comparing it with the crossover nature of the scissors (கத்தரிக்கோல் மாறலாக).

The description of the one sided flow of breath exclusively through the right or left nostril is an interesting fact in the science of Saram. When the breath flows through the right nostril only, Pinkalai is in active phase and when it flows through the left nostril only, Idakalai is in active phase. At a time only one channel either Pinkalai or Idakalai should be active and the other should be inert and every 2 hours there is a cyclic shifting of the breath from one nostril to other. It is possible to identify the active channel of breath by observing the touch sense offered by the airflow on the active nostril.

(At present for me, while creating this post, the breath flows through the left nostril)

The flow of breath through both nostrils happens for few seconds only during the juncture of shifting the breath from one side to other side.

As per Siddha literatures, right nostril breath is good for intellectual activities like studying etc. and left nostril breath is good for creative activities like drawing etc.

Siddhars suggest suitable active nostril breath to obtain favorable results on each and every activities of our day to day life like studying, sleeping, eating, defaecation, debate / argument, fight, approaching a person with obligations etc.

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Few simple techniques for shifting to the desired nostril breath are discussed here. They are as follows,

Right nostril breath  for good sleep:

Siddha medical science suggests right nostril breath for good sleep.

While going to sleep, if the breath was in the left nostril, it is possible to shift the flow to right by lying on the left side of the body and keeping the flexed left arm as a support to the head. The pressure executed by weight of the body in (the middle of) the left upper arm enhances the flow of right nostril breath. Sometimes simply lying on the left side of the body is also enough to shift the breath to right and maintain it.

The same technique is applicable for shifting to left nostril breath by lying on the right side of the body. In a person with normal healthy physique usually it will take 5-10 minutes for shifting the breath from one nostril to another. It may vary person to person; the body condition of the individual person in different seasons also plays a role.

  1. Left nostril breath for getting favour on our obligations:

Left nostril breath positively favours acceptance of our obligations expressed with others and I have gathered the information from the above mentioned book Gnana Sara Nool” during my college days. Since then whenever I had a plan to meet a senior person with important obligations, I would be in an expectation of the left nostril breath during the meeting; sometimes it will happen and sometimes it will not. Application of the previously discussed technique i.e. lies down on the right side of the body for a certain period is also not feasible while moving for a meeting.

A simple technique applicable while standing in front of a person with obligations was practiced by the servant communities of the southern part of Tamil Nadu for maintaining left nostril breath and I came to know the information from one of my colleague Siddha doctor, when we were associated with a national level project work in Delhi. He hailed from a Traditional Siddha Vaidhya family living in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu where the experts in the science of Saram still exist. First he recollected me about the old Tamil films portraying the servant people stands in front of their master by keeping a towel just below the right armpit. He added that it is a reflection of the real practice observed by the servant communities of the recent past and keeping a towel just below the right armpit offers pressure in the (middle of the) right upper arm and enhances the flow of breath in the left nostril and increases the probability of acceptance of their obligations. I was surprised on hearing this timely applicable way to maintain the left nostril breath which is considered in general as an expression of low self-esteem.

  1. Right nostril breath for yogic practice:

Exclusive right nostril breath is suggested for certain yogic practice and the practitioner needs to maintain it for hours or days, which is not possible for the beginners and they use an aid called as Thandam (தண்டம்); it is a wooden shaft with a transverse concave bar at the top. The practitioner during his practice in yogic sitting posture keeps his middle of the left upper arm in the transverse concave bar of the wooden shaft. The pressure offered by the concave surface over middle of the left upper arm is helpful to maintain the continuous flow of right nostril breath.

The above discussed three techniques suggest that there is an underlying mechanism in the one-sided flow of breath and there is a control point lies in the middle of the both upper arms for maintaining the desired nostril breath; the ancient people of India knowingly or unknowingly used this clutch to control their desired nostril breath for various purposes.

The lacuna of modern physiological science is there is no explanation on the one-sided flow of breath through the right or left nostril and its periodical shifting nature from one side to other side. If it is possible to establish the physiology behind the ancient Tamil’s breath science Saram in terms of modern science, it will be helpful in finding solutions for the management of many disease conditions from common ailments to incurable disease conditions.

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